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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Literature

LITR 1321 AMERICAN SHORT FICTION
A study of the American short story. Content is variable. Literature is studied as a reflection of craft, culture, and ideas. Offered for College of Professional and Continuing Education students only. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1050 and ENGL2050

LITR 1435 LITERATURE 20TH CENTURY
An exploration of modern and contemporary fiction, in which students will investigate how 20th century authors treat such themes as personal and social conflict, isolation, globalization, hope, and despair. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1050 and ENGL2050

LITR 1462 FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
This course will examine imaginative literature such as mythology, fantasy, and science fiction, as both a reflection of the world in which it was created and as a reflection on the future of humankind. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1050 and ENGL2050

LITR 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN LITERATURE
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside existing course offerings. Contact the faculty for more information. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
Special topics in literature to be determined by the faculty assigned. These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the semester schedule for the courses offered that semester.  Contact the faculty assigned for more information about the course topic. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4301 POETRY WORKSHOP
Students will study various forms of poetry, and, as a result, be able to write their own poems based on their understanding of poetry as an art form. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4351 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
Readings in poetry, fiction, and drama of the Post-World War II period. This course examines American literature and cultural history from 1945 to the present. The work of major writers will be studied to gain insights into the life of our times. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4401 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE
Through the study of authors such as Remarque, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Sartre, and Hemingway, this course will assess the problems of alienation, isolation, and individual responsibility as they are confronted by modern man in the twentieth century. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4451 AMERICAN LITERARY CLASSICS
This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore the works of selected American writers whose vision and artistry have given distinction to American literature. Certain 19th and 20th-century authors will be selected by the instructor. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4461 THE ART OF THE STORY
What makes a good story? This course answers that question through both study and practice. Students will analyze short stories by prominent authors, become versed in the basic elements of fiction, and write their own short stories. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4601 SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Readings in science fiction and fantasy including myth and legend and classic literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. The social implications of technology in the 20th-century science fiction literature will be explored. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

LITR 4651 SHORT FICTION
This course studies the form of the short story in the literature of Great Britain, the United States, and other nations. Content is variable. Stories are studied as a reflection of craft, culture, and ideas. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence